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- Object: Progress of the Toilet.-The Stays.-Plate 1.
One of a set with the same signature and imprint, see Nos. 11609, 11610. A young woman stands in profile to the left, at a dressing-table, while a buxom ladies' maid laces a pair of long stays. She wears a boudoir cap tied under the chin, and holds a flat ruler-shaped stick under the stays in front to regulate the operation. The stays fit closely over a pair of plain knickerbockers, cf. No. 9608. The dressing-room is luxuriously furnished. The dressing-table is draped in muslin and has a swing-mirror. On it are toilet-articles, bottles (two inscribed 'Milk of Roses' and 'Esprit de Lavande'), a rosary, a mask, a ticket inscribed 'Masquerade Argyll Street', and a lap-dog, looking at itself in the mirror. The furniture is ornamented with ormolu. A small hanging book-case with curtained glass doors hangs on the wall. A picture of a woman draped in a cloak, walking, with a landscape background, is inscribed 'Morning'. On a console table is a Chinese vase with a bouquet of roses. Jug, basin, &c, are on the ground beside a chair on which are boxes for toilet appliances. Heavy fringed curtains cover the window (left).
26 February 1810.
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Height: 283 millimetres
Width: 225 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
Grego, 'Gillray', p. 370. Wright and Evans, No. 570. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830. Reproduced, Laver, 'Taste and Fashion', 1945, p. 132.
The drawings were perhaps earlier, c. 1802.
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